Lean Coffee started in Seattle in 2009. Not Surprising, since this is where Starbucks started. Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith wanted to start a group that would use Lean techniques to discuss topics of interest with like-minded people – instead of starting a whole new cumbersome organization with steering committees, speakers, and such. They wanted a group that did not rely on anything other than open-minded people showing up and wanting to learn or create.

While nothing can improve upon a Lean Coffee™ with physical post-it notes and markers at a table – we want to enable distributed teams to use virtual Personal Kanban to conduct rapid and effective conversations.

Join a Lean Coffee session from anywhere

Bring your own device (BYOD) and join a Lean Coffee session seamlessly from anywhere in the world.


Create Boards

A barista can create as many boards and invite unlimited participants to join each discussion.

Create Topics

The barista and participants can create topic cards for people to dot-vote on.

Auto Prioritize

The 'Sort & Move' button when clicked, re-orders the topic cards from top to bottom, most to least votes.

Timebox Discussions

Topics are discussed for a set period of time. The barista can add follow-ups and notes to topic cards as needed.

Download Summary

The barista can generate a downloadable session overview with the date, topics, follow-ups, notes, and list of participants.

How It Works

  • Enter your name and email to start your first session.
  • Invite participants by email or board URL.
  • Run as many Lean Coffee sessions for as many participants, during the trial period for FREE.
  • Upgrade at any time to a permanent subscription.
  • Setup a 'Coffee House' with other Baristas, so that any of you can facilitate boards within the 'House'.
  • The Lean Coffee concept and functionality has been extended to support other meetup styles.

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